Announcing new changes for doeGALLERY!  After 4 years, doeGALLERY is expanding!  Emily Christenson is moving down the hall to hew own studio space:  e|c, Suite 205 @ the Bucktown Center for the Arts.

This November's FINAL FRIDAY will be the grand opening of her new space and her new exhibition: Rivers and Rain, Pieces of Denali new paintings by Emily Christenson.

Exhibition runs November 23rd until December 31st, 2009.

"This exhibition features 11 works started in the rain or water in Denali National Park and Healy, Alaska in the Spring of 2008.  This series focuses on my impressions of the uniqueness of the landscape in and around Denali National Park," says Christenson.

Please join us for this special Reception and Studio Grand Opening on Friday, November 27, 2009 from 6pm until 9pm.

Eastern Iowa Arts organization hosts weeklong workshop with renowned artist Ellen Wagener, including one day event at Grant Wood's Stone City highlighting Regionalist Art.

Maquoketa, Iowa, Monday, July 13, 2009: Maquoketa Art Experience launches the first of four seasonal landscape workshops, each featuring a noted landscape artist as the instructor. The first of these workshops is in August and includes a two hour symposium with Grant Wood scholars.

    Dates: August 17th- 21st, 2009

    Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery, 124 S. Main Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060

    Cost: $395 - Space is limited, and a $200 deposit is required to reserve a space for the workshop.

    For more information or to register: Call 563-652-9925.

    Workshop deposits can be mailed to PO Box 993, Maquoketa, IA 52060.

This summer workshop is the first of four seasonal workshops focusing on the natural resources and beauty of Eastern Iowa. This five-day summer landscape workshop with pastel painter Ellen Wagener is geared to both beginning artists and "seasoned masters." The workshop will combine on-site studies with studio work in the Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery. The workshop will cover working processes including sketching, idea-generation, compositions, photography, and color palettes. Ellen will demonstrate and teach techniques to achieve descriptive and evocative landscapes from any location. Special emphasis will be given to pastel technique, support mediums, and approaches to framing. The workshop will also include opportunities to attend lectures at the Figge Art Museum and the Dubuque Museum of Art, where Ellen will discuss her work and influences.

The final day's events will begin in Stone City, the site of Grant Wood's Stone City Art Colony and will be open to participants who are only able to attend for one day (fee: $85). Ellen will be joined in landscape painting by Maquoketa Art Experience resident artists Rose Frantzen, Charles Morris, and Thomas Metcalf. From 3 to 5pm, at the historic General Store Pub, a symposium will be held with prominent Grant Wood scholars looking at Stone City's Regionalist history. This will lead to a discussion of possibilities for Neo-Regionalists in Eastern Iowa.


    Sean Uhlmer, Curator, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Edwin Ritts, Director, Dubuque Museum of Art

    Dr. Randy Lengeling, Grant Wood Scholar and Collector, Dubuque Museum of Art Trustee

    Kristy Raine, Archivist, Mt. Mercy College

The symposium at the General Store Pub is open to the public. For those who wish to attend only this event, there is a recommended donation of $20. All artists who have done landscape paintings throughout the week or during the final day at Stone City will be invited to show and sell their paintings at a closing reception and exhibition to be held at 7pm, Friday the 21st at Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery. The reception is open to all, free of charge.

Biographic Information:
Ellen Wagener received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1989. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Des Moines Art Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Art in Embassies, Vilinus, Latvia, and J. Cacciola Gallery, New York City. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, such as the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, Tucson Museum of Art, MasterCard Corporation, New York City, and Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Jane Milosch, Curator of Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. says of Wagener,

    "Wagener's landscapes demonstrate her awareness of the great tradition of landscape painting, but she makes it her own, experientially. The Hudson River School, American Luminism, the French Barbizon School, Impressionism, and the 20th-century Iowa artists such as Grant Wood and Marvin Cone are models for her approach to landscape. Contrast is key in Wagener's work: crops are hard-edged and rendered in great detail while the clouds are soft in focus and more abstract; fields are tactile in quality while the sky is elusive; and the land is warm in tone while the sky is cool.  Her ability to capture the color, light, shapes, and textures of nature allow us to feel the cultivated land and to marvel at the power of a beautiful sky. She digests the characteristics of a location and recreates it anew on paper. Her works, including F5 Tornado (collection of Figge Art Museum), demonstrates her ability to work within an alphabet of landscape imagery to create symbolic, more abstract works. Stormy clouds, burning fields, dust storms, and tornados move across her formerly pristine, carefully groomed landscapes, demonstrating the powerful force of nature."

Information about Maquoketa Art Experience:

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa, Iowa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. Springing up in one of the Grant Wood Scenic Byway communities, Maquoketa Art Experience exists to nurture artists and provide opportunities for developing art-related businesses in the area. Recognizing what Grant Wood saw in Iowa, Iowans and the surrounding landscapes, the artists and board of Maquoketa Art Experience are dedicated to creating easily accessible resources for Midwest artists. Similar to the Stone City Art Colony of the last century, Maquoketa Art Experience is committed to supporting arts and artists by creating local opportunities for artists to nurture and expand their talents and skills within the inspiring landscapes of Eastern Iowa.

For more information: or phone: 563-652-9925


Arts venue to celebrate 4th anniversary with open house, art demos and more!

Davenport, July 16, 2009

Celebrate The Bucktown Center for the Arts' 4th Anniversary at the Bucktown BASH on Friday, July 31st from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available prior to the event at Bucktown.

Refreshments will be served in hospitality areas throughout the building?plus, Ancient Wisdom Acupuncture will do a summer tea tasting and Cravings Chocolate will offer a sampling of chocolates.

Musical performances will include Alan Sweet and Mark Brown on the first floor; and Toby Brown and Ragaman on 2nd floor.

Other 1st floor events:

*Three Gypsies, Suite 100 will feature artist Desiree Border performing a glass bead-making demonstration.

* L. Marie Creations Suite 101 will feature jewelry by Lori Boutott, and artwork by Steve Burgess and special guest Dennis Kendal Hall.

* Unique Art, Suite 102 will host a reception by featured watercolorist Susan Drennan. Judy O. Gray will perform fine art painting demonstration; Photographer Dave Sorenson, will host a book signing.

* Small Wonders Photography, Suite 103, will offer party-goers an opportunity to have their photo taken in their "funky photo booth". Photos can be purchased on site, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Bucktown Center for the Arts.

*Painter Heidi Hernandez will display her latest pieces in Suite 105.

*Mosaic artist Jean Lake will show her work in Suite 107.

2nd floor events:

*Midcoast at Bucktown (Suite 206) will host the opening reception of the art installation, Dusty World & Dewy New Moon by artists Terry Rathje, Steve Banks, Bill Campbell and Elizabeth Sallak

*doeGALLERY (suite 201B) is offering a "Final Days of Summer" discount?15% off all artwork.

*Two new studios will hold their openings during the Bash?Painter Regan Hatfield is now in Suite 201 A (formerly AngleFX); and the ARTery is now in Suite 202C (formerly Hetz Gallery).

Bucktown Center for the Arts is home to 20 working studios/galleries, and over 150 artists providing original artwork for exhibition and sale. It is located at 225 E. 2nd St., on the corner of east 2nd and Pershing St.


Don't miss the 50 Miles of Art Studio Tour March 28 and 29, 2009. Stay the weekend and shop for unique and original works of art from artist and artisan studios, galleries, and specialty shops on Scenic Route 79 in Hannibal, Louisiana and Clarksville, Missouri. - For more information go to



? March 28-29, 2009

What do you do along 50 Miles of Art and the gallery and studio tour in Hannibal, Louisiana, and Clarksville, Missouri? On March 28-29, spend the weekend in the area and visit over 40 artist and artisan galleries, studios, and specialty shops along a 50 mile stretch of scenic Route 79. Take a weekend trip and drive along the Mississippi River and see why artisans are inspired by the beautiful surroundings and choose to live and create in these historic river towns. The Studio and Gallery Tour is a great opportunity to hit the road for the weekend and take in 50 Miles of Art and all the area has to offer!

Artists and artisans participating in the gallery and studio tour are from the picturesque communities of Hannibal, Louisiana, and Clarksville, Missouri. Each community has its own special personality, talented artists and artisans, and tour offerings. For a list of participating galleries and studios, go to and click on "Download a Studio Tour Brochure" to print out a complete listing of participants and their hours for this special weekend. There will be special events, demonstrations, and gallery receptions. For further information on the event, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at (573) 221-6545 or go directly to


The tours focus on paintings on the birth of the Christ Child. The tour follows this familiar story from the announcement to Mary that she will bear a Son, to the young boy in His mother's arms.

A tour guide will meet visitors in the main lobby. Holiday cookies and hot beverages will be served after the tour. For more information call 563-326-7804 or visit

Free with the price of paid admission or membership.
ADMISSION: $7 adults, $6 seniors (60+), students, educators, $4 Youth (12 & under)

About the Figge Art Museum
The Figge Art Museum actively serves the public by promoting appreciation and creation of visual art through education, and by collecting, conserving and exhibiting art. The museum collection includes more than 3,500 paintings, photographs, sculpture, and works on paper from the 16th century to the present.

During your visit to the museum, we encourage you to explore our expansive galleries, special exhibitions, and the Family Activity Center. For an in-depth experience, we offer a variety of art classes, gallery talks and lectures. Each year, several special events--from film presentations to family days?are held at the museum and expand on the themes of the exhibitions. 


Enjoy the last few days of Fall before Mother Nature sweeps them away with Judy O Gray and Diane Michele Wall in their joint display at the Eclectic Eye 225 E 2nd St., Bucktown Suite 102, Davenport. Showing now through November 21st. 

Beginning Friday, Oct 24th through Sunday, December 28th, Glass Heritage will be operating a retail outlet at NorthPark Mall.

WHEN:    November 7, 5-7 p.m.  WHERE: Quad City Arts Center & The Left Bank Art League in Rock Island


WHAT:  Quad City Arts vs. Left Bank Art League Chili Cook-Off


Come down to the District of Rock Island for a taste of chili and some preliminary Christmas shopping. Visit Quad City Arts and Left Bank Art League-just one block apart on 2nd Avenue-to taste and vote for your favorite chili. The chili is complimentary; beverages will be available. Both venues are loaded with one of a kind art and gift items created by local and regional artists. Afterwards, stay to enjoy the close jazz harmony of the What Ever Four Quartet at 7pm at Quad City Arts.


The Buzz Gallery of Modern Art and creative space & studio of artist Regan Hatfield will host a Grand Opening reception on Saturday, November 8th from 7pm until 10pm.